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bio website dennybrew.com
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I have been a homebrewer for over 15 years and 440 batches. I'm a BJCP National judge and a member of the Governing Committee of the American Homebrewers Assoc.


Aug
23
answered When to conduct diacetyl rest?
Aug
23
comment Plastic or Glass
I started with carboys and switched to plastic buckets after about 4-5 years. I consider them to be so much better to use than carboys that I've never even thought about going back. Unbreakable, easier to clean due to the larger opening, easier to store since you can stack them. I clean them by wiping with a damp sponge, so no chance of scratching, then soaking with PBW or Oxiclean. No difference in beer quality either way.
Aug
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Plastic or Glass
Aug
21
answered Recirculating mash through screen
Aug
20
comment What is the purpose of stepping up a starter
If you're an AHA member, you can hear a seminar given by Neva Parker of WhiteLabs at this year's NHC. She addressed yeast starter volumes as part of her presentation. It's at homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/presentations/audio/2012/…
Aug
20
comment What is the purpose of stepping up a starter
You don't. There may not be enough yeast in a vial for 5 gal., but there's plenty to go right into 3 qt. I do it all the time with great results. IMO, stepping from 1 L to 2L, for example, is not only a waste of time but a potential source of infection.
Aug
20
answered What is the purpose of stepping up a starter
Aug
19
answered Can I steep grains ahead of time?
Aug
19
comment Do I need to adjust for temperature with a refractometer?
mdma, I'm not so sure about that. Ever tried using a refractometer in a 35F garage? If you don't keep it warm before you use it, the sample will cool but I still get an incorrect reading due to a cold refractometer.
Aug
18
comment Do I need to adjust for temperature with a refractometer?
ATC is meant to compensate for the temp of the refractometer, not the sample.
Aug
18
revised Can lowering temperature too rapidly result in stuck fermentation?
edited body
Aug
16
comment Why did fermentation take so long to start?
The purpose of making a starter is not shorter lag time, it's for better fermentation and better beer. Although I agree that for beers under 1.040 you don't generally need a starter, given a fresh pack of yeast.
Aug
15
answered Can lowering temperature too rapidly result in stuck fermentation?
Aug
15
answered Coffee Beans for Homebrewing
Aug
15
answered Can Olive Oil REPLACE oxygenating wort
Aug
14
comment How to make the best beer with arduino?
"the best way to look for quality is to measure the beer density"....no. The best way to look for beer quality is to taste it!
Aug
14
comment Bringing mash pH down without changing mineral profile too far
It does take some work to learn it, but it's not too bad and it's really paid off for me in terms of better beer.
Aug
14
answered Ways to better utilize hops with a coffeepress?
Aug
14
awarded  Revival
Aug
13
comment Possible to intensify/increase the amount of yeast flavor?
Did everything else remain exactly the same from the previous batch? Same recipe, yeast, fermentation temp? I ask because when I've tried open fermentation I didn't really see any differences at all.